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Friday, 29 November 2013

President Jonathan to Pay Keshi's Backlog of Salaries

Reports say President Goodluck Jonathan has agreed to offset the backlog of salaries owed Super Eagles Head coach, Stephen Keshi.

It would be recalled that Keshi and his assistants are owed several months’ salaries worth about 78 million Naira by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) who claim to be broke.

Sports minister Bolaji Abdullahi announced that Keshi will soon get the lump payment.

“The Presidency has made arrangements to pay the salary arrears of the coach of the Super Eagles Stephen Keshi,” said Abdullahi.

“We (sports ministry) don’t have the responsibility of paying the coaches. The federation has that responsibility, but the government cannot say let the federation handle it on their own anymore. Since it was not in our budget, I had to appeal to the Presidency and everything should be cleared soon.”

It is believed that Keshi will get his salary arrears within a fortnight.

Keshi qualified Nigeria to next year's World Cup in Brazil and also led the Super Eagles to win a third Africa cup of Nations earlier this year in South Africa.

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